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Fun Season of GBM Open Water Swimming in 2016

2016 Open Water Season is underway! Ocean swimming got off to a bit of a late start this year due to cold water. It was still bone numbing through the 4th of July weekend. As we got into the heat of July winds finally shifted to the east and we got some pleasant ocean temperatures (** see note at bottom if interested). GBM has been active on the open water swim racing circuit:

LAND SHARK, June 4
Fantastic weather, well run event. A two mile event was added in addition the the traditional 1/2 mile and 1 mile swims. Many people wore wetsuits, but they were for speed only given the air and water temperatures. Great turn-out from GBM, lot of fun and a good way to start off the summer season. Results here.

MASHPEE SUPER SWIM, JUNE 18
Start from the Seacoast before 6 a.m. and be down the Cape in plenty of time for this fantastic swim in a clean, clear-water pond. Beautiful day, sunny and warm. Course set a little longer than last year. Air / water temperatures comfortable for a no-wetsuit swim. Results here.

PEAKS TO PORTLAND: JULY 23
We have a few hardy GBM's swim the 2.4 mile Peaks to Portland every year. You take a ferry out to Peak's Island and swim back to the mainland. Understanding the currents can help you swim the fastest line for this race. Results here.

MISERY ISLAND SWIM: JULY 23
A number of GBM's swam the second annual 3 mile Misery Island Swim at starting at Tuck's Point Park, Manchester by-the-Sea (MA), with a course out to Misery Island, turn around and return. The event also features kayak, SUP and rowing races. This event was a lot of fun, a good adventurous swim. Water was warm enough to swim without a wetsuit, but most of us chose to suit-up for this one. Smooth calm water for an ocean swim. Congratulations to Guy Davis for placing first overall! Results here.

USMS 10 MILE OPEN WATER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: JULY 30
Guy Davis conquered the 10 mile swim in Vermont, finishing third place overall and second in age group. Fresh water, no wetsuit.

SEBAGO LAKE CHALLENGE: AUGUST 7
The Sebago Lake Challenge in Casco Maine offers three distances: 1K, 2.5K and 5K. About an hour and 3/4 drive from the NH Seacoast. One GBM (congratulations Robyn) swam the event this year, maybe more of us next year? Results.

CELEBRATE THE CLEAN HARBOR: AUGUST 14
The 1.2 mile Clean Harbor swim at Niles Beach in Gloucester was a fun and well organized event. The harbor is protected from the open ocean so it is calm and easy to swim. Unlike the last few years the water was cold - probably ~58F. This is event has a sort of laid-back feel to it. Gigantic shark teeth awarded to age group winners this year. Results.

MIGHTY MERRIMACK: AUGUST 14
GBM has traditionally had a contingent at the Mighty Merrimack Swim but due to the conflict with Clean Harbor swim at Niles beach, no GBM's swam this year. Hope to be back next year if the scheduling is better, this is an enjoyable race.

** In the heat of summer the sun is warming the top layer of water on the ocean. When the wind blows from the East (on-shore) the warm water piles up along the beach. When the wind blows from the West (off-shore), it blows the top layer of warm water out to sea and cold water from the deep wells up - i.e. expect bone chilling cold.

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